The Black Count by Tom Reiss is the true story of the real Count of Monte Cristo. After hours of historical research, Reiss brings to life the forgotten hero who inspired the classics The Count of Monte Cristo and The Three Musketeers.
Born in Saint-Domingue (now Haiti) to an aristocratic white father and a black slave woman, Alex Dumas was briefly sold into bondage but made his way to Paris, where he was schooled as a sword-fighting member of the French aristocracy. Enlisting as a private, he rose to command armies at the height of the French Revolution and led French forces in military campaigns across Europe and the Middle East – until he met an enemy he could not defeat.
The Black Count is an adventure story, a look into 18th century France, a window into the modern world’s first multi-racial society and a story of the enduring bonds of love between a father and a son.